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It's Too Late To Stop Now: Live (2CD) [Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered]

Van MorrisonAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0010DJ1K6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
2. Warmlove
3. Into The Mystic
4. These Dreams Of You
5. I Believe To My Soul
6. I've Been Working
7. Help Me
8. Wild Children
9. Domino
10. I Just Want To Make Love To You
Disc: 2
1. Bring It On Home To Me
2. Saint Dominic's Preview
3. Take Your Hands Out
4. Listen To The Lion
5. Here Comes The Night
6. Gloria
7. Caravan
8. Cyprus Avenue
9. Brown Eyed Girl

Editorial Reviews

2008 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of Van's classic 1974 live album featuring one previously unreleased bonus track: 'Brown Eyed Girl' recorded live at the Troubadour '73. Includes performances from shows recorded at London's Rainbow, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Troubadour in L.A. Includes original artwork and full lyrics to Van Morrison's compositions. 19 tracks total. Polydor.

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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
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Taking its title from a lyric at the end of "Into The Mystic" on 1970's "Moondance", Van Morrison's 2LP live set "It's Too Late To Stop Now" was released in early 1974. It's always been a fan favourite and was equally championed by critics the world over at the time. It has even been muted by some as one of the best live albums ever made. Well, on hearing it again after all these years on this superb-sounding 2008 remaster, it's easy to see why everyone went nuts for it then and now - it's a magical body of work - and with this sonic upgrade, to my ears, it's never sounded better.

Produced by Van and Warner Brothers resident production genius Ted Templeman, it was recorded in the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Civic in Santa Monica (both in California) and the beloved and much missed Rainbow Theatre in London. His super tight house band "The Caledonia Soul Orchestra" consisted of JEFF LABES on Piano & Organ, JOHN PLATANIA on Guitar, DAVID HAYES on Bass, JACK SCHROER and BILL ATWOOD on Sax and Trumpet with DAHAUD SHAAR pounding away on Drums. The String section featured NATHAN RUBIN, TIM KOVATCH, TOM HALPIN, NANCY ELLIS and TERRY ADAMS.

Disc One opens the proceedings with a cracking version of Bobby Bland's "Ain't Nothin' You Can Do". There are quite a few covers on the album and they sit perfectly alongside his own compositions making it a far more varied listen. There's a slick version of "I Believe To My Soul" by Ray Charles, "Help Me" by Sonny Boy Williamson (Willie Dixon writer), "I Just Want To Make Love To You" by Muddy Waters (again Willie Dixon writer), "Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke and "Take Your Hands Out Of My Pocket" by Sonny Boy Williamson.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live masterpiece May 1, 2008
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This album is so great because all of Morrison's familiar gems gain something by these live performances. The band is tight, the audience appreciative and Van is firing on all cylinders. Old favourites like Into The Mystic and These Dreams Of You take on new rhythmic and vocal dimensions whilst I Believe To My Soul is a breathtaking R&B workout.

I honestly prefer this magnificent live version of Here Comes The Night with its flowing violins, although the original remains a classic too. Another stunning performance is Gloria, which I first heard in Patti Smith's version, but this one is amazingly gripping and powerful, as demonstrated by the enthusiastic reaction of the audience.

I have very few live albums and as a rule I prefer studio sounds, but this majestic album is infused with such spirit, warmth and exuberance that it ranks amongst my favourite Van Morrison albums. It is also an ideal greatest hits album of his early career.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Hear Van!!!!!! February 29, 2008
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I first purchased this on vinyl about 15 yrs.ago, listened to it a few times and put it away to collect dust. Little did I realize what a gem this live recording of Van was.It was just re-released on cd ,I bought it and have not been able to stop listening to it for a month.This is definitely one of Vans best live performances.The band is one of the best bands he has ever recorded with.This is Van in his prime and no Van CD collection would be complete without it. Look for other Van re-releases 28 in all with extra tracks,also a new dvd in april.
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50 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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Polygram ceased production of its portion of Van-The-Man's catalog, resulting in 29 titles, two-thirds of his entire recorded output, remaining frustratingly unavailable for the past several years. Even more regrettably, sixteen of those OOP titles had been fabulously remastered and re-released in 1998. Accordingly, prices for these had soared, especially for the remastered titles.

Then, in late 2007, The Announcement! All 29 OOP titles would be re-released in 2008! With new remastering! Extra tracks! Even mini-sleeve editions from Japan!

Well, fellow audiophiles and mini-sleeve aficionados, the hyperbole is unfortunately only half-true: Those 16 1998 remastered titles? Except for the bonus tracks, the 2008 re-releases are the EXACT same remasters, right down to the `98 silkscreen scheme on each disc, and the `98 booklets, with only minimally text-modified for the bonus material and production credits.

The `98 mastering work was performed by Ian Cooper at Metropolis Mastering in London. The `08 booklets credit another Metropolis engineer, Tim Young, for the new editions. However, the only effort Mr. Young expended on the sixteen 1998 titles was to sonically match the minute bonus content to the pre-existing `98 mastering.

So, in this first 7-CD set (Tupelo Honey, It's Too Late To Stop Now, Wavelength, Into The Music, A Sense Of Wonder, Avalon Sunset and Back On Top) of four 2008 scheduled catalog re-releases, only Avalon Sunset and Back On Top have been newly-remastered. As the Japan `sleeve version of Back On Top was delayed until April, I haven't had the opportunity to A/B that disc. The result of remastering the 20-year-old Avalon Sunset could certainly be more pronounced than redoing 1999's Back On Top, so that remains to be quantified.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Van the Man
In my opinion it's the greatest Live album ever! Van is on point and the Caledonia Soul Orchestra is on fire. A must have for all Van fans.
Published 1 month ago by J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Van Morrison CD
Excellent as usual. I have almost all the albums that Van Morrison produced. The live performances are especially welcome additions.
Published 13 months ago by Peripatetic purchaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrison's Greatest Live Album
I have had this in four versions: LP, Cassette, and two CD versions. I think I loaned one of my CD versions to a friend and he wisely kept it...because he loved it so much. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Don L Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Late to stop listening!
30 years is not too long to wait for this masterpiece. It's now in heavy rotation on my workout mix. To have been there live, WOW. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lost Planet Airman
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must
No matter what era of Van is your favorite, he peaked in the early 70"s. This easily goes into the Top Ten Live Albums Of All Time list, no matter what your other nine are. Read more
Published 14 months ago by cunning linguist
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven Performance by a Great Artist
I was anticipating a much more polished performance by Van Morrison based on prior albums. Unfortunately, his singing was uneven and sloppy on many of the songs. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. F. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lion
Who ever has not heard this original: Album, Must.If you are a Leo you must Listen To The Lion,#4 on 2nd CD. It was my MOMS favorite song. The music is more than beautiful.
Published on March 6, 2012 by temi
3.0 out of 5 stars I Have My Reasons
I have read a lot about this album and how it was considered one of the best live albums released of all time. I see and hear that and I agree with those sentiments. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Smitty
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best live rock recordings ever...incredible energy
I've had this album in various forms for over 20 years and have never grown tired of it. It's probably the most raw and intimate live rock recording I've heard. Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by MTNSURF20
5.0 out of 5 stars van morrison
One of the greatest albums of all time live or otherwise. Van Morrison is a impecable vocalist, real rb/soul music. These performances showcase Mr. Morrison at the top of his game.
Published on September 27, 2011 by Eric L. Rhodes
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